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  • Apple unveils new iPod shuffle

    Posted March 11, 2009 - 9:43 am

    Apple on Wednesday introduced the next generation iPod shuffle. The shuffle has always been Apple's smallest iPod, but now it is nearly half the size of the previous model.
  • Google blocks popular iPhone SMS app

    Posted March 11, 2009 - 9:00 am

    Google will block an iPhone application that harnesses its Google Talk chat program to provide a free text-message service after too many users flocked to download it.
  • Legacy Locker: Your last Web 2.0 experience.

    Posted March 11, 2009 - 8:01 am

    A new service offers to send your online usernames and passwords to loved ones after you die.
  • Apple rejects Twitter app over swearing on the Web

    Posted March 10, 2009 - 5:20 pm

    Apple has struck a new level of bizareness when it comes to approving submissions to the App Store. On Tuesday, Loren Brichter of atebits, developer of popular iPhone Twitter client Tweetie said that Apple had rejected the latest update to the app because it contained an obscenity.
  • Cheapskate iTunes Store tips

    Posted March 10, 2009 - 3:44 pm

    Allow me to offer a few tips for saving money at the iTunes Store.
  • Sony provides more details of OLED touchscreen Walkman

    Posted March 10, 2009 - 9:27 am

    Sony has provided some detailed specifications for its promised touchscreen OLED X-series Walkman but the launch date remains unannounced.
  • Apple netbook rumors resurface

    Posted March 10, 2009 - 8:02 am

    What's Apple going to do with all those Wintek touch panels?
  • Norwegians speed up mobile Internet access

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 3:15 pm

    Norwegian company bMenu has launched a mobile portal called, which uses its own technology to pare down the navigation of Web sites to just an iPod-like hierarchical menu.
  • What is the Micro Four Thirds system

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 3:01 pm

    Micro Four Thirds and the older Four Thirds systems are very interesting concepts, not simply because of what they promise but because the basic philosophy behind the systems runs so counter to traditional thinking about cameras.
  • Apple App Store's New Rival: Jailbroken Paid Apps

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 2:50 pm

    With more 1.5 million jailbroken iPhones out there by some estimates, a new alternative to Apple's App store launched over the weekend to great interest in the iPhone community. Cydia Store, the de-facto app store for jailbroken iPhones, now offers paid apps, ending Apple's monopoly.
  • Smart meters help household energy savings

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 11:19 am

    For years, consumers have gauged their electricity usage with the monthly bill. Coming days or weeks after the end of the period it isn't a very efficient tool if you want to cut you household usage, but a new breed of meter is changing all that and can provide real-time updates that give you an instant indication of the cost of running a house full of gadgets.
  • iMacs Good Bang for the Buck?

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 10:56 am

    The boo birds came out early to Apple's latest desktop catwalk, mostly citing -- once again -- high prices in one of the worst recessions on record. Everyone from analysts to even the Mac faithful expressed their dismay in chat rooms and comment sections. All, save one.
  • Can the App Store survive its rivals?

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 10:24 am

    If there's one thing that people have been proven to like, it's choice.
  • BlackBerry How To: Change E-Mail Signatures (BIS & BES)

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 10:08 am

    Create, modify or erase BlackBerry e-mail signatures--for both personal, or BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS), and corporate, or BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), accounts.
  • Hate Microsoft Outlook Mail? Try Windows Live Mail instead.

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 4:01 am

    Although Microsoft Outlook is a great product in the enterprise where it's safely tethered to the ubiquitous Exchange Server, the product leaves a lot to be desired in the non-Exchange world. From PST corruption to outright weirdness, I don't want to spend more time managing my mail client than I spend managing my actual mail. In the hunt for a new client for home, I found and fell in love with Windows Live Mail.
  • Salacious content driving the adoption of ebooks?

    Posted March 6, 2009 - 2:33 pm

    The e-book buzz continues this week as Barnes & Noble buys Fictionwise. It would seem e-books have finally "arrived," but who or what is driving the adoption of the format? Some things never change...
  • Why Kindle for iPhone Won't Hurt Kindle Sales

    Posted March 6, 2009 - 10:53 am

    While the Kindle 2 certainly is no bargain at US$359, I doubt that Kindle for iPhone will cut into Kindle hardware sales one bit. If anything, the app may actually spur Kindle sales by introducing millions of iPhone/iPod Touch users to the world of e-books.
  • Putting TwitteReader to the test

    Posted March 6, 2009 - 12:02 am

    A new web application lets you read Twitter using an interface similar to Google Reader. But is it better than going to
  • Blackberry App Store Sets Recession-Defying Prices

    Posted March 5, 2009 - 11:35 am

    Research In Motion (RIM) Wednesday announced its application store for BlackBerry devices, now called as App World. The service, previously known as App Center, will offer BlackBerry owners an easier way to buy and install new applications on their phones, similar to Apple's popular App Store for iPhones.
  • Ballmer promises faster Windows Mobile development

    Posted March 5, 2009 - 10:15 am

    Under pressure from popular phones from Apple and RIM, Microsoft hopes it has put in place changes that will help it meet that mobile competition faster.
  • Spotify leaks personal data

    Posted March 5, 2009 - 9:12 am

    Users who signed up before December 19th, 2008 urged to change their passwords.
  • Kindle iPhone app is 'huge,' says analyst

    Posted March 4, 2009 - 5:48 pm

    Amazon's release Wednesday of an e-book reader for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch is a "huge" move and a "win-win" for everyone concerned, analysts said.
  • New Mac hardware: Nehalem debuts, everyone hates the Mac mini, and more

    Posted March 4, 2009 - 4:09 pm

    Super crazy new hardware spectacular!
  • Acer sees the future of smartphones as free

    Posted March 4, 2009 - 12:12 pm

    Acer thinks free is the right price for smart phones, and plans to release two models that operators can give away in September or October.
  • SpinVox helps Skype turn speech into text

    Posted March 4, 2009 - 11:12 am

    Skype is adding the ability for its users to get voicemail messages converted to text, and sent to a mobile phone via SMS.
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